At CSR-in-Action, one of our key expertise is community engagement. In 2018, the Community Engagement Standards (CES), a world-class framework was co-developed in Nigeria by CSR-in-Action and indigenous stakeholders from host communities, business, civil society and government at local, state, and federal levels across the nine oil-producing states to guide best practice community engagement for companies and key government agencies. To accomplish this, we conducted research based on the request of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
The research was funded by Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Reforms (FOSTER), a Department for International Development (DFID) initiative. Our overall research focus was Reducing Loss from Refinery Operations and Oil Theft.
The aim of the CES is to ensure inclusive development and shared prosperity whilst positioning host community members as key actors in decision-making processes.
A key part of the Community Engagement Standards was the development of indicators which would serve as matrix for engagement.
The Community Engagement Standards has since been endorsed by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and its partner agencies, including DPR, NCDMB and NEITI.